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Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

At least Aslan can be comfortable in the fact that whatever he says about Jesus, and really whatever he says, no matter how controversial, he does not have to worry about assassination attempts on his life. Unfortunately the same cannot be said if writing about the senior leader of Aslan's own faith, recognizing Aslan himself would never engage in such activities.

Apo, AP

I'm not too impressed by the author. He came across as very defensive and extremely caught up in the fact that he has a PhD.
Big deal! A lot of people have PhDs, and a lot of these people are very opinionated.
The assumption that scholars aren't incredibly biased is false.

gambier, oh

Simply put he is wrong in many of his assertions about Jesus but where he is wrong, the most is that he does not believe Christ is the Son of God, the Atoning one. Without that belief it does not matter what he says of Christ, let him preach on, as did the Sadducees and the Pharisees of old. Christ is the Son of God and our Savior that is all that matters. Jesus loves us and wants us to return home with him to live as a family for eternity.

Layton, UT

Aslan's claims are nothing new, and I don't understand the sudden shock we're all supposed to experience from it. It's been a suggestion (including the Jews and Romans that crucified him) that Christ was a zealot caught up in an era of zealots. One theory on why Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ is that Judas was a zealot who wanted to see Christ rise as Messiah and literally take charge of a government and a new holy state.

That these pressures were present in Christ's time provide us with an opportunity to appreciate just how "radical" Christ's teachings were, when he said to ignore the temporal and attend to the Spiritual.

We, as Christians, could learn something from His teachings, living in an era of politically charged unrest. It's time to stop rising to outrage, and confidently turn the other cheek.

Riverside, CA

I thought Lauren Green became a bit unnecessarily defensive toward the end of the interview, but other than that I thought she asked so good questions and the interview was interesting.

I'd like to see how a devout Muslim would conduct an interview of an Evangelical Christian who had written a book entitled Zealot: The Life and Times of Muhammad.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Only an LDS author really knows Jesus.
This so-called "scholarship" is sad.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

to eastcoastcoug

("The Bible is not the kind of book that can be "sourced".)

If it is full of fictional characters & events then you are right.

(the teachings really do have the power to change individuals and change the world)

Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition or the crusades.

North Salt Lake, UT

History is written by the victors, in this case the Christian Church, in particular the Catholic Church. Myths get written into the history books all the time. The Bible (New Testiment) is no exception . The books of the New Testiment were collected for 300 years by semi-educated people and then in 300 C.E. gathered up by the new Roman State religion the Catholic Church and turned into the religion they wanted. It is obvious by the thousands of errors/contridictions in the New Testiment that they did not do a very good job. So anyone that believes that the New Testiment is completely factual and the true word of God and that Jesus is all the Bible claims he is is not living in the real world. If you are one of those people? I have some oceanfront property in Nevada I would like to sell you.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Lord, Savior, and Redeemer were what Jesus was made into by adherents who needed to salvage a victory from his crucifixion at the hands of Pilate. The question of whether Jesus was God or man were consuming issues in the early church and were still being debated three centuries later at the Nicaea Council of 325 AD. The trinity solution to the question demonstrates how strained the Bishops were to create the unified belief system Constantine insisted upon in convening the council in the first place.

Was Jesus a Jewish nationalist? Why, the very concept of Messiah was inextricable from Jewish hope for the restoration of their sovereignty. The coming of the Kingdom of God was the recurrent theme in Jesus’ teachings. That doesn’t necessarily make Jesus a political insurrectionist. But his kingdom may have been more of this world than the author(s) of John found themselves able to acknowledge.

Murray, UT

It's a good thing that for spiritual things you do not have to rely on academics or the opinions of men, no matter how many accolades they have received by other men. Spiritual things can only be discerned by spiritual means. If you want to know if Jesus of Nazareth is who he claimed to be - then you must ask God in prayer, and or prove the word by trying it in your life. Seek your own witness, that is the only way I know to learn God's will in this life. Every other method is an open and endless debate by mortal men with narrow views and gross ignorance of eternity.

Newbury Park, CA

John said "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written."

I presume there are many things that would round out the life and times of Jesus. I don't think he was a nationalist like the author paints him to be. There are wild leaps to jump to that conclusion from what we know of him. I am delighted that Jesus becomes the basis for a best seller -- AGAIN.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@bandersen – “Without God there is no respect and love”

Good point… the process God started whereby our morals evolved over millions of years (see Evolution of Morality Wikipedia page for a quick summary) is quite impressive, and the foundation of empathy this process fostered certainly got us to where we are today.

Or was your point that we were all stealing, raping, murderous savages until some rules were chiseled on a stone tablet?

Murray, UT

I have often heard that history is written by the victors. And yes I do believe that in general, world history is written and therefore viewed by the victors perspective. This I believe has caused much confusion regarding modern Christian Scripture, (Bible & Book of Mormon)The Old Testament is the surviving documents of a society that lost to the powers around it. The New Testament was written by a society that probably lasted not much more than 130 years, again the political losers. Oddly however the surviving scriptures of these loosing societies were adopted by the winning political group that was far afield and removed from the beliefs and practices of their nativity, and even though later European societies claimed the Bible as their spiritual guide it is quickly proved to not be the case. Greed and political power were the principle tenants, thus enabling such horrible atrocities as inquisitions, and barbaric wars with those of differing beliefs to increase wealth and dominion as well as to solidify political standings of kings and clergymen.
Put pointedly, the scriptures that testify of Christ do not source from the winners.

To sum up, modern Christian Scripture was written by the political losers.

Pendleton, OR

Many times PHD really stands for "piled higher and deeper".

Historical study of religions whether in the guise of social studies or cultural studies or historical studies or what ever is often buttressed by the assimilation of many layers of opinion concerning events that definitely get piled higher and deeper. The real answers are individual in nature and a realized only when one wants to know the truth with the true intention of becoming a better servant of God. And said real answers are limited naturally to the particular idea or principle being studied. To obtain additional true answers it is necessary to seek further again and again; never being satisfied with the current state of knowledge and always realizing one could be and should be more subject to the will of God willingly and energetically.

Jesus is the Son of God. He is God. He is our Savior and Redeemer and all this I know because of my individual investigations into specific principle and doctrine and receiving spiritual answers from and through the Holy Spirit. For me that is ALL that matters. And I hope others will believe me enough to make their own investigations.

Healthy Skeptic
Saratoga Springs, UT

LOL...yet another entrepeneur seeking to build a cash cow. How many more ways can you twist a thousand or so words spoken centuries ago and reported second-hand well after the fact? We are perfectly capable of reading those words ourselves and drawing our own conclusion...the opinion of really smart people notwithstanding. Whether the Jesus of Nazareth described in the New Testament was illiterate or not...a condition that was probably more common than not...is irrelevant. He demonstrated a keen knowledge of the scriptures of the day...probably better than this self-proclaimed expert author. The subject is overwrought and tired, but will guarantee wealth for the author.

Lyman, WY

Why is everyone getting so upset that a Muslim is trying to tear down Jesus? The Muslim world has been doing this for centuries, they believe in their religion, and in order for Islam to be correct Christianity has to be false, so of course they are going to try and tear down the Savoir of the world. People just need to stay strong in their belief and let others do the same. Personally I know that Jesus is the Son of God and is the Savior of the entire world.

St Louis, MO

JapanCougar says: "The assumption that scholars aren't incredibly biased is false."

Are we to assume then that scholars are always biased? Assumptions in general are poisonous, aren't they?

I'm also not sure who is more strangled by bias; the highly educated or the highly religious. The highly educated may tend to think they have more hard information than others, so their opinion is unassailable. The highly religious may tend to believe (or "know") that they got a warm fuzzy feeling about stuff in their bosom, so their opinion is unassailable.

Cedar Hills, UT

I have to wonder why such a hateful book was written in the first place? The author (A devout Muslim) has the right to publish any thing he wants ...freedom of the press. However I am surprised at how excited the so-called main stream media is about this book as well as leftist liberals everywhere. A book comes out that trashes Jesus and calls him a fraud and liberals get all excited. I think this says a lot about the state of the union today in America and how far this country has fallen from its founding Christian principles. Pretty sad and actually quite scary. One nation under God? Not any more. America is becoming more and more atheistic and especially anti-Christian. I see a day in the not too distant future where the out right persecution of Christians returns ...this time to America of all places. The shinning city on a hill doesn't shine so bright anymore. Of course we are reminded of the out right booing of God at the Democratic National Convention a few months ago so the atheistic theme in America is alive and well.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

This is just more of the same old conflict between "relatives" back to Abraham's era. Sadly, having a Savior didn't mean as much as it should have when Jesus was actually living on earth and doesn't now either. As a poster has said, one can debate spiritual matters until the end of time, but what one discerns through the spirit is what counts. We waste our time worrying about the likes of this author and his speculation. Listening to a debate on national media is a waste of time too.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO


"....To sum up, modern Christian Scripture was written by the political losers."

The pattern I see is the best ideas of the vanquished being co-opted by the victor’s children and grandchildren. Rome sent Jesus to the cross. But by the time the Roman Empire fell, Christianity was its most ascendant religion. Of course, what Jesus taught had been greatly modified by the new claimants. But it had found new incarnations that were sprouting into new forms. That includes the emerging literature that survived as scripture

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